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Comment: Re:And now why this can not be done in the USofA (Score 1) 317 317

I worked in a building right next to a small hydro plant built into a waterfall. A large manufacturing facility nearby also had its own power plant that supplied some of the local houses. During the northeast US blackout of 2003 I rode home after dark and didn't realize the power was out until I got beyond those facilities. Small scale can work.

Comment: Re:Reminds of of something at a past job (Score 3, Insightful) 765 765

Remind me again what "wellHungLo" was supposed to represent?

I wouldn't consider someone who wrote code like that a "superstar". He sounds more like a cowboy coder who couldn't give a shit about code maintenance after he moved on to something else. I would have complained about his shitty naming and if management was too scared to fix such a massive fuckup then you're better off working elsewhere.

Comment: Lack of funding (Score 4, Insightful) 89 89

The delay was necessitated by a lack of investment funding

Maybe because they don't have a rocket, a ship, a way to land, a way to ferry supplies, a way to fund those supplies, or a way to live on another planet long term. Only a fool would dump money on this adventure.

Comment: Re:hmmm (Score 4, Insightful) 135 135

I dont see a problem with changing "choke hold" to "arm bar" is that is what the police call the move that was done.

There is a world of difference between a choke hold and an arm bar. One breaks your arm/elbow and you get to live. The other can be used inappropriately and the recipient ends up dead. They are in no way the same.

The computing field is always in need of new cliches. -- Alan Perlis